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There's two terrifying aspects of the Kings team: their potent attack and Jonathan Quick.
I don't know what to do about Quick, no more than any of the players that have faced him. He's playing unbelievably well, and no one can say when his hot streak will cool down a bit. If his GAA is an indicator, the Devils can expect one to two goals per game. Odds are, he'll shut them out. Maybe they'll put up three against him once or twice too.
Anyway, knowing how little space they have to work with, the Devils' defense will have to be superb. There are many threats on the roster, but the main offenders are Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Justin Williams, Dustin Penner, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. Those six forwards, along with Drew Doughty, lead the Kings' attack.
The Kings and Devils rarely meet in the regular season, so some of the players have very little experience facing the Devils and Brodeur. Others, like Carter and Richards, were hated foes for many years. Below are their career, regular-season numbers against the Devils.
Simon Gagne was included because of his long career against the Devils. He is the team's most experienced against Brodeur and Co.
Career numbers are far from the best indicator, but there are certainly some things that can't be ignored. Mike Richards' plus/minus, for instance. Richards was the best two-way forward on a talented Flyers roster for years, and boasts a career plus 42. Despite that, he is minus 13 against the Devils.
In limited experiences, Penner, Brown and Kopitar have done very little. That could be taken as the Devils knowing how to handle the Kings, or as the Kings just not playing at their best against the Devils. I'm inclined to believe the latter.
Simon Gagne has the potential to be a wild factor. He's never struggled to find success against the Devils, and he's got 59 points in 105 playoff games to boot—including seven game-winners. He hasn't played since late 2011 when he sustained his third concussion, but he has been cleared to play and is an option should coach Darryl Sutter choose to dress him.
In any case and with every player, they need to be slowed. The Devils' defense has looked good as a whole, and Salvador, Anton Volchenkov, Andy Greene, Mark Fayne and Marek Zidlicky have all helped a great deal.
Admittedly though, some d-men, Volchenkov and Zidlicky to name a couple, could be playing better, and will need to in the coming series. Andy Greene, as well, could be contributing a good deal more on offense.
And then there's Marty. Brodeur's been great so far, and he needs to keep on shining. He will likely have to steal at least one game for the Devils, something he's proven himself capable of even at his advanced age of 40.
It's hard to bet against Quick this year, and he's shown no reason to think he'll be anything less than stellar. Still though, with Marty playing as well as he is, you have to respect that he's already accomplished it all three times; he knows how it's done. It remains to be seen if Quick has it in him to play like a stud on the biggest stage.